had a chance to discuss it. we ought to be acting in the spirit of ambassador stevens and ought to be pulling together. after 9/11 -- >> wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. senator... certainly, it is a legitimate issue to discuss before an election, when four americans were killed, and there are questions of intelligence failures before and during the attack, is it not? >> it is a legitimate issue, but, every story leads to political commentary, and trying to point fingers. after 9/11, we came together, there were a lot of questions that had to be answered, let's operate in that same spirit and let's remember what ambassador stevens was riding to do and stand together. the middle east is crucial, we need to be tough there and smart and engaged. this discussion has been politicized, and it has not been helpful or helped us get to the bottom of what happened. >> chris: let me ask you a direct question. drones were flying over benghazi at the time of the attacks, during the hours when first the consulate and the annex, six or eight hours were under attacks, were the drones armed? >> we'